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The British Army 1914-1918

The British Army 1914-1918 [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Rawson
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The only indispensable guide to Britain's Army covers the 'Old Contemptibles' - the professTerritorials, Kitchener's 'New Army' and 'Derby's Men', the conscripts who eventually defeated the Kaiser's armies five years later. Andrew Rawson examines the contribution of the Empire, military doctrine, training, communications, strategy and tactics, divisional organisation. He reviews everyday life, equipment, rations, leave and discipline. He profiles the commanders and the legacy of the War in art and provides information on cemeteries and places of interest. It is all here, in one book. It has never been surpassed.

About the Author

ANDREW RAWSON is a self-employed civil engineer. His previous books include Loos - Hill 70 (2002) and Loos - Hohenzollern (2003) in Pen & Sword's 'Battleground Europe' series. Currently working on Walcheren and Remagen for this series, Andrew lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10990 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount; Reprint edition (15 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPT8SP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good concise reference book 11 July 2006
The evolution of the British Army from 1914 to the November 1918 armistice is one of the remarkable and often understated elements that led to victory in the Great War. By 1918 it was the single most effective army in the field (those of France and Russia having mutinied, Germany being to all intents and purposes defeated, and USA not having reached its operational potential and still learning the harsh lessons of industrial warfare).

This book shows how the British Army embraced change, technology and new thinking and all the organisational demands that followed. It expands on the many administrational and logistical structures necessary to keep the front line soldier fed, equipped and fighting. There is no doubt that failure to give these elements due attention contrived to contribute to the French and Russian problems.

This book gives a very good overview of the aspects that contributed to victory. It is not a mass of facts and figures but structured introductions to each subject that invite you to discover more. Therefore for the researcher it is a good launching pad to check, and for the general reader a good overview of the Army and its development.

A small criticism is the indexation could have been more detailed, so enabling the finding of information easier. For example a search for Fodder or Petrol consumption yields nothing, but the information is found under Rations.

Otherwise a recommended book and a useful addition to any great War collection.

Michael McCarthy

Editor, "The Battle Guide"

Guild of Battlefield Guides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great War-great book! 28 Sep 2006
As many readers are aware, the British Army of 1914 was comparatively small and ill-equipped for the war it was about to fight, however from those modest beginnings and in what really was a comparatively short period of toime, it grew into a much larger, better equipped and well trained organisation, that soon became the most effective fighting force in the field at that time. This larger Army with almost seven million men was now much more complex than it had ever been in its entire history.

This volume - one of several in a series from this specialist publisher, provides the reader with an excellent insight into this unique army during the Great War period and covers just about every aspect of its operation and organisation from conscription and training, equipment , vehicles and weapons through to tactics and communication and so much more. I personally found the section on divisional organisation and histories useful and I am sure the part pertaining to sites of interest and remembrance will be invaluable to those visiting the battlefields today.

In fact, military historians, family history researchers, militaria collectors together with anyone with even the slightest interest in the Great War will find this splendid publication provides fascinating reading and an invaluable source of reference for the future too. Many will agree with me, that it is a must have in their collection or library and will therefore want to go on an read other titles in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WW1 British Army Handbook 3 Oct 2011
By cj
The book concentrates on the organisation, tactics, personnel and equipment of the British Army through the Great War. There are embedded descriptions of specific actions but this is not intended to be a history of the battles. It acts as an excellent reference against which other historical accounts may be set, giving a much wider appreciation for the colossal effort and organisation this country put into fighting and into supporting its soldiers that fought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Army Handbook 1914-1918 24 Nov 2013
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Well laid out and easy to understand. Andrew Rawson clearly has a great talent for informing and great knowledge to share.
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Anyone wanting to know the detail of British Army organisation in WWI should start with this book. Nothing is missed from badges of rank to the organisation of divisions.
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